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Weber Lets Cat Out Of Bag On Williams New Drivers

Michael Schumacher’s manager Willi Weber has well and truly let the cat out of the bag with regards to the Williams F1 Team’s two new drivers for the forthcoming 2010 season in an interview with German newspaper Die Bild am Sonntag.

Weber was discussing his driver Nico Hulkenberg with the tabloid favourite and he told the reporter “I think he [Hulkenberg] will be a match for his new teammate Barrichello,”

That pretty much tells us all we need to know about the Grove outfits two drivers for 2010.  Hulkenberg has been the test driver for two seasons at Williams while pursuing a highly successful career in lower formulas including winning the F3 Euroseries and GP2 world titles.  He also shookdown Williams’ FW31 car for the first time in front of the media before the start of this season.

Rubens Barrichello has been linked with the team but would not give a confirmed answer to even Brazilian media about the switch from Brawn.

It leaves Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima without drives however, but Rosberg could be off to either Brawn GP or McLaren Mercedes.  If he were to go to Brawn, it looks likely Jenson Button would go to McLaren and Rosberg could be joined by any number of drivers, even possibly Kimi Raikkonen if he doesn’t sign with Toyota.

As for Kazuki Nakajima, his best chance is probably with one of the new teams, perhaps Lotus.

Hulkenberg (L) and Weber (R)

Hulkenberg (L) and Weber (R)

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